Our team

The workforce of Usapho

Usapho Foundation has a few permanent staff as well as the occasional volunteer.

Founder & Director

Elize is a qualified Social Worker, mother of 2 girls and has always been passionate about working with families. She started working as a Student Social Worker at Correctional Services and qualified as a Social Worker while working there. She has extensive experience in working in Child Care Facilities, such as Boys Town and Tenterden Place of Safety in Wynberg.

The 11 years as a practice manager for a Paediatrician equipped her with diverse management skills. Besides her focus on Usapho, she also assists the Parent Centre, facilitating workshops and talks.

Facilitator & Registered Counselor

Abigail has obtained her Honours Degree in Psychology from The University of the Western Cape, and is a Registered Councilor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Having previously worked within the NPO sector, Abigail has strong organizational and administration skills, and hopes to grow with Usapho and assist in facilitating change and building better families within our communities.

At present, Abigail co-facilitates the Teen Parenting Programme presented by USAPHO, as well has assists in day-to-day administration of the organization. Although not a parent as yet, the experience and opportunity provided by Usapho through the various parenting programs presented, has equipped Abigail with invaluable and vital information and lessons, which she believes will aid her in being the best parent that she can be.


Shaville is a trained Pastor, holding a B-Theology Degree (BTH) from Baptist Seminary. Previously a journalist with Media 24, Shaville also has a degree in Journalism from Pretoria Technicon. Now serving as a pastoral counselor at His People Church, Shaville co-facilitates the Teen Parenting and Positive Parenting Programmes at Usapho, as well as delivering counselling services to couples and individuals.

As a mentor to the teen tatas in the Fatherhood Programme, and a father of two, Shaville provides a strong masculine presence and support to the fathers in this program.

Operational Manager

I am an advocate for human rights and justice. Upon completing my Bcom Law Degree, I soon discovered a passion to mentor and empower women to propel and unite in the cause of changed lives. Tarryn is the Operational Manager at Usapho Foundation. She loves the warmth of family that the NPO holds true to its vision.

Social Worker

Danielle is a registered Social Worker. In 2017 she completed her 4-year degree at the University of South Africa.

She has a great passion for helping others and she believes her purpose in life is to inspire and help people grow and adopt a winning mindset. Her passion for Social Work, and especially the development of families and children, sprouts from her own childhood experiences and her belief in the power of families and the resilience of children.

Besides her passion for the social work, Danielle also enjoys travelling locally and one can often find her meandering through the lush landscapes of Kirstenbosch Gardens.

She lives by the quote: “It all begins and ends in the mind.”

Admin Intern

Marvelous is a Public Management Student (Undergraduate), an Intern at Usapho Foundation as an Office Administrator.

She provides office service by implementing administrative systems, procedures and policies and monitoring administrative projects. My achievement ranges from setting up effective administrative systems to team leading and complete office management. In short I believe I will bring efficiency, reliability and accuracy to Usapho Foundation office procedures.